A starter wins, Burton's asthma
Monday was exactly the stress-buster the Reds needed during a 6-4 win over the Padres. Homer Bailey set the tone with 7 1/3 innings and he was boosted by four homers — including two by Jonny Gomes. Brandon Phillips had a big three-run shot in the first.
It was just the third win by a Reds starter in 19 games since July 4. The other two were by Bronson Arroyo. Bailey extended himself well, especially near the end when he threw only eight pitches over his final four batters.
“This is a big game for us,” Gomes said. “Coming home, winning at home, getting a good outing from our starting pitcher, pretty much everything we needed and everything we’ve been lacking happened today, which means we can do it. That means there is an upside. We just have to build off of today.”
For the second time this month, Joey Votto was ejected from a game for arguing balls and strikes. In the bottom of the first with two strikes, Votto tried to check swing and was punched out by third base umpire Jerry Crawford on appeal. Votto was enraged and very animated as he barked at Crawford, who tossed him.
“He gestured, twice,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Jerry said he gave him a chance after the first one. It was a matter of frustration because he’s been called out on some questionable pitches lately.”
At a time the Reds have few healthy and productive hitters, Votto can’t be getting ejected like that. They need him too much. He was fortunate the Reds had other avenues of offense tonight.
Willy Taveras had a nice night in the field with two outfield assists. Taveras threw out Kyle Blanks at the plate with a one-hop throw in the second and Adrian Gonzalez on a throw to third base on a double play that ended the fourth.
“That’s the Willy I remember,” Baker said. “When I was with the Cubs, he threw us out three days in a row at the plate. I was kind of cussing Willy at that time. Now I’m loving him.”
Reliever Jared Burton got some positive news from some blood work done regarding his shortness of breath and shoulder injury. Burton was diagnosed with asthma. His shoulder is already feeling better, he said, after some rest.
“It was problem at the start of the season,” Burton said of the asthma after the game. “I thought it was a phase and continued to push it back and push it back. It finally caught up with me and I continued to wear my body down. Once it started bothering my shoulder, I came forward with it. luckily the blood work turned out OK.”
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